How much sleep is required for a teen to stay healthy?
Do you love to sleep? I love to sleep. The fact behind me loving to sleep simply means I need more of it, while you might need less. It’s the same for teenagers. A child may need more sleep than others to feel completely fresh and active. It is known as food to the brain. Although oversleeping could be harmful, not having enough sleep may be deadly.
Also, during teenage; your brain is in its developmental stage and your body performs too many activities throughout thus making your physic tired. So when you sleep your body doesn’t take rest, it performs other necessary functions and stores energy for you.
Before I tell you how much sleep you need, you may have to know about “Why sleep is important?” and ‘Are you having enough quantity of sleep.
SLEEP = NECESSITY
Having sufficient sleep is very important for you to carry out with your daily activities. children who do not have enough sleep tend to have emotional problems, lack of capacity to fight infections and health problems like obesity and heart diseases. When you get proper and sufficient sleeping hours, you can concentrate better on your work and studies, improve athletically, grow and develop normally and stay healthy, away from emotional imbalance.
Are you sleeping enough?
The way you feel, when you wake up in the morning and how your body reacts tells about your sleep. You need more sleep or need a good quality of sleep if you feel very difficult to wake up in the morning, feel sleepy in the class, lack of concentration, do not feel active and energetic. You may also feel moody, irritated and depressed at times and barely do the normal day to day chores.
How much sleep do you need?
To perform your best, teenagers need an average sleep of 8 to 10 hours (Recommended by National Sleep Foundation) which is more compared to the youth as their brains are performing developmental activities. The quality of your sleep would also contribute to you feeling active and fresh. Additionally, having 30-45 minutes of a nap in the evening or afternoon or night before dinner is also witnessed as helpful for a teenager.
Make a routine and fix your bedtime. If you have school at 9 am in the morning then going to bed at 11 would be an excellent idea. And if you still wish to sleep long, go to bed at 10. Remember not to use any electronics at least 30 minutes before you go to bed, to help you sleep better. Make up your bedroom and be comfortable. Keep your room dark and quiet with proper ventilation. Practice certain habits because they will not just improve the quality but also help you get your required sleeping time as well, if you go to bed at 11 and aren’t able to fall asleep until 12 or 1, you are missing on a couple of hours trying to sleep. So, get these tips in use.
Moreover, remember that oversleeping is not a solution. It might also make you feel lazy and active. Eating healthy would also help you sleep. So grab those extra hours you’ve been missing upon and stay healthy. Happy Sleeping.